Unemployment rate

Proportion of economically active population that are unemployed

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployment rate measures the proportion of the economically active population that are out of work and activity seeking work. On this page, we provide data on the unemployment rate of the working age population – those aged 16 to 64.

  • Between April 2018 and March 2019 (the most recent data), the North East unemployment rate for 16-64 year-olds was 5.4%  
  • This is above the England and England excluding London rates.
  • It is the second highest rate among the eight core city LEPs

The unemployment rate has decreased in the North East LEP area over the last five years – from 9.6% to 5.4%. Only two core city LEPs had a higher percentage point decrease (the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester).

Unemployment rate (% of economically active 16-64 population), Apr 18-Mar 19

Last updated:
17/07/2019
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 16 July 2019]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England



Unemployment rate (16-64), percentage point change Apr 13-Mar 14 to Apr 18-Mar 19

Last updated:
17/07/2019
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 16 July 2019]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England